David Baker: A Legacy in Music by Monika Herzig

By Monika Herzig

A residing Jazz Legend, musician and composer David Baker has made a particular mark at the international of tune in his approximately 60-year career—as participant (chiefly on trombone and cello), composer, and educator. during this richly illustrated quantity, Monika Herzig explores Baker’s inventive legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long term gig as individual Professor and Chairman of the Jazz stories division at Indiana college. Baker’s credit are remarkable: within the Nineteen Sixties he used to be a member of George Russell’s "out there" sextet and orchestra; by way of the Nineteen Eighties he was once within the jazz educator’s corridor of status. His compositions were recorded via performers as varied as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Composer’s String Quartet and the Czech Philharmonic. that includes enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased recordings and Baker compositions, this e-book brings a jazz legend into transparent view.

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And so we were mostly self-taught. They gave me the trombone left handed and I played it that way. ”34 All the Hampton kids played in the band, and Deacon filled out the instrumentation with young musicians from the neighborhood. They played the music of famous bands such as those led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stan Kenton by learning the parts from records, and using their own notation system of writing letter names, fingerings, and slide positions in “double Q” school notebooks.

Kirk’s choir and the following year, a new band teacher at the school started him on the E  tuba, which he played throughout eighth grade. 12 Crispus Attucks High School had been open for nineteen years when David began his freshman year. A tradition of excellence had been established in many areas, not the least of which was music. When the school opened in 1927, excellent teachers, all with master’s degrees and some with doctorates, were recruited from traditionally black colleges in the South and from segregated high schools in other states.

Mickey, “Russell Adrian Lane,” 112–30. 15. Baker, interview, May 26, 2010. 16. Gilbert Taylor, interview by Lissa F. , tape recordings in possession of author. 17. Baker, interview, May 26, 2010. Ibid. Ibid. 20. Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson, interview by Lissa F. , tape recordings in possession of author. 21. Russell Brown retired from teaching in 1973 after twenty-seven years of service at Crispus Attucks High School. He died in 1992, at age eighty-four, while shaving. He was getting ready to teach a bassoon lesson.

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